State Street Fire (Ellsworth) – Fire damaged an Ellsworth apartment house Saturday evening.  The call to 153-State Street across Knowlton Park came in around 8-o’clock.  Firefighters from Ellsworth knocked down the flames quickly and got help from Hancock, Lamoine, Trenton and Orland.  There was little outward sign of the blaze by Sunday, but windows in […]

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Local News – September 9, 2019

State Street Fire

(Ellsworth) – Fire damaged an Ellsworth apartment house Saturday evening.  The call to 153-State Street across Knowlton Park came in around 8-o’clock.  Firefighters from Ellsworth knocked down the flames quickly and got help from Hancock, Lamoine, Trenton and Orland.  There was little outward sign of the blaze by Sunday, but windows in the back end of the building were missing.  Fire officials have called in an investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s office to try to find the cause.  No injuries are reported.

 

Missing Boys Found

 

(Plymouth) – Two 11-year old boys were cold but otherwise fine when game wardens found them in the woods of Plymouth early yesterday morning.  Cooper Bowden and Neveah Woodard went outside to play around 6:30 Saturday evening and about 20-minutes later their parents noticed they were gone  They called police and game wardens, and the agencies mounted a large scale search.  Warden Service spokesman Mark Latti reports to Star 97.7 that game wardens located the duo about 3-quarters of a mile from their home.

 

Acadia Visitation

(Acadia Ntl Park) – Despite sometimes heavy traffic, officials at Acadia National Park say visitation dropped a bit during the first two months of the summer season.   The Mt. Desert Islander reports that since the beginning of January, park visitation dropped about 3-percent.   July, which is one of the heavier tourist months saw park visitation drop about 4-tenths of a percent.  Through July park visitation was about 1-point-58 million, down slightly from 2018.   Campground stays in Acadia dropped by more than 5-percent.

 

Orland Crash

(Orland) – A head-on crash in Orland early Saturday left three people with serious injuries. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 that a 17-year old driver from Bucksport crossed the center line and collided with a van that a New York couple was driving.  Firefighters had to extricate the people from the van and closed down the road for a few hours Saturday morning.  All three victims went to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center with serious but not life threatening injuries.

 

Warren Fire

(Warren) – Fire caused substantial damage to a home in the Knox County Town of Warren during the weekend.  Firefighters from several communities responded to Maple Street at about 2:30 Sunday morning.  The Pen Bay Pilot reports the homeowner tried to put out an appliance that caught fire by throwing water on it.  He suffered smoke inhalation but declined medical treatment.  Firefighters spent more than 4-hours on the scene.

 

Bahamas Animal Rescue

(Washington DC) Efforts are underway to rescue surviving cats and dogs from the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit last week. MDI resident Jennifer Skiff is the Director of International Programs for Animal Wellness Action. She says the situation in the Bahamas is dire. Animal Wellness Action is raising money to fly animals to no-kill shelters in the US.

 

Knife Threat Arrest

(Warren) A Warren man turned himself in after police searched for him for nearly 3 weeks. Village Soup-dot Com reports 33-year-old Clinton Benner allegedly showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s work August 17th and began yelling at her. When a 15-year-old boy tried to intervened, Benner allegedly flashed a knife and threatened to cut the teen. Police say Benner also attempted to slash the tires of another woman’s vehicle before the altercation. He turned himself in last Thursday. Police charged him with Criminal Threatening with a Dangerous Weapon and Criminal Mischief.

 

Bridge Closure

(Lubec) The Mays Bridge on Route 189 in Lubec is closed for the next 10 days as crews work to replace the bridge. During the closure, traffic is detoured from Route 189 to Timber Cove Road and Crows Neck Road. Trucks and RVs must follow a signaled detour on Route 191. Once the bridge reopens, there will be a single-lane alternating traffic pattern for about 3 more weeks while the work is being finished.

 

Car Seat Laws

(Augusta) Parents of young children should be aware that new car seat laws go into affect on September 19th. Changes say a child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until at least age 2. If a child is heavier or taller than allowed by the car seat manufacturer guidelines, the child may then transition to a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness. If a child’s height exceeds that limit, the child may transition to a booster seat. Most belt positioning booster seats require the child be to be a minimum of 3 or 4 years old, regardless of weight or height. Booster seat laws essentially remained unchanged.

 

Bicentennial Celebration

(Thorndike) The Town of Thorndike will celebrate its Bicentennial this Saturday. Activities kick off with a parade at 10 AM, followed by kids’ games, a chicken barbeque, music, historical displays, vendors and more. Folks of all ages are welcome to join in the celebration as Thorndike takes a look back at its 200 years of history.

 

LePage – Trump

(Augusta) – President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign says former Gov. Paul LePage will serve as his campaign honorary chairman in Maine. The Portland Press Herald also reports that Joe Turcotte, the Republican National Committee’s director for Maine, will serve as the campaign’s state director.

 

Forest Products

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) – A federal-state partnership is providing more than $2 million to assist the forest products industry in Maine. The money is from the Northern Border Regional Commission, which supports rural communities and economically depressed communities in the Northeast. The largest grant is an award of more than $900,000 to the Northern Forest Center, which has offices in Concord, New Hampshire, and South Portland, Maine.

Sports

 

  • New England Patriots 33  Pittsburgh Steelers 3
  • The Patriots have signed wide receiver Antonio Brown just moments after the Oakland Raiders cut him.  Brown was not eligible to play last night.
  • New York Yankees 10  Boston Red Sox 5
  • The Sox have fired General Manager Dave Dombrowski.
  • Rafael Nadal won the US Open Tennis title.
  • Kevin Harvick wins the NASCAR Brickyard 400 Sunday.